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CLASSES OFFERED EACH YEAR:
Grade 8 Course: A 16 or 18 hour Entry Level Course to become a new referee. Some classes run over one weekend and others over several days.The courses are sponsored locally by different Associations, Leagues and Clubs, so the cost to attend varies by course. At the end of the course, there will be a review, a 100 question (multiple choice) exam and registration with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) by completing the necessary form. Attendees must pass with a score of 75% or higher on the exam. All attendees MUST complete the full days in the same class. Missing any part of the class is not permitted and will require the attendee to repeat the course in its entirely. The grade 8 courses are offered mainly in the summertime or when they become available. Your USSF registration is good for one year or part of a year depending on when you take the course and should be renewed annually by December 31st of each year. If you have not been a certified referee for the last three years you will begin with this course.
Re-certification Clinic: A 1 to 5 hour clinic of instruction with a refresher exam. All returning referees (all grades) MUST attend a re-certification clinic annually and receive a passing score for their grade level to recertify each year, (grade 8) 75% and (grade 7) 85%. In addition to attending a re-cert clinic all grade 7 referees MUST take the physical fitness test to maintain their grade level. This test is offered at the State Re-certification Clinic or Upgrade clinic. Taking a re-certification clinic only allows referees to maintain their current grade level NOT to upgrade to another grade level. Re-certification clinics, Emeritus and National Emeritus re-cert clinics are offered beginning in August till December of each year or as needed. If you have not renewed your registration in 1 to 2 years you are eligible to take a re-certification clinic but if it has been more than 3 years you will have to take the entire grade 8 entry level course again.
State Re-certification Clinic: All grade 6 & 5 referees must attend a State level re-certification clinic to take the State exam annually and receive a passing score for their grade level to recertify each year, (grade 6: 75% and grade 5: 85%) In addition to attending the State re-cert clinic grade 6 & 5 referees MUST take the physical fitness test and complete a maintenance assessment. State re-certification clinics are offered in June and November or as needed.
Upgrade Clinic: Referees who are interested in upgrading from grade 8 to grade 7, grade 7 to grade 6, or grade 6 to grade 5 must attend a upgrade clinic. These clinics are offered two times each year in June and November or as needed. A referee must be the age of 17 to upgrade to a grade 7, age 18 to upgrade to a grade 6 and the age of 19 to upgrade to a 5. If a referee has downgraded and wants to return to their original grade, they must meet the re-certification requirements for that grade.
Grade 9 referees that want to upgrade to a grade 8 must attend and complete a grade 8 course.
Emeritus grade 15 & 16 and National Emeritus grade 13 re-cert clinics: Active Emeritus and National Emeritus referees that want to keep their current emeritus status must take the state referee test. In-active Emeritus referees that have not been active during the season DOES NOT have to attend a clinic. An emeritus referee that has refereed two or three times because of emergencies or association needs IS NOT considered an active emeritus
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